Wednesday, 23 July 2014

CC3C challenge 7

Hi All

This challenge is the painted industrial from page 46 of the compendium of curiosities.  I really enjoyed this challenge and came up with something whimsical...a birdhouse!

I stuck some self adhesive metal sheet to some kraft card and then die cut the roof using the Sizzix die Susans' Garden.  The other elements of the birdhouse were cut from kraft card.  I then followed the instructions on page 46 to prepare my roof.  The walls of the birdhouse were embossed with the Sheena Douglas embossing folder wood panel.  I then used a little vintage photo distress ink to bring out the wood grain.

I had cut the bird from the Tim Holtz die caged bird but then spotted the bird on one of the quarter size papers in the wallflower paper stash and decided to use him instead so I stuck him to the die cut bird and trimmed the excess, to give him a little more strength.

The roses were made from the rest of the quarter paper from the wallflower paper stash using the reverse side, a little worn lipstick distress ink and the tattered pine cone die.  The leaves were cut using the garden greens die and grunged a bit with walnut stain distress ink.

Every self respecting house needs a chimney and in keeping with my woodland theme (?) I decided it would be a toadstool.  Just a roll of kraft card for the pipe, painted with picket fence distress stain.  A circle cut from kraft card and stained red with festive berries and some white spots drawn on then made into a cone and stuck on the top.

Thanks to Linda for all this crafty fun doing these challenges and to Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring this challenge.  Hope you like it.


Friday, 18 July 2014

Just for me!

Hi all

This is a piece that is not for a competition but just for me.  I went to a workshop recently held by Country View Crafts and led by Brenda Brown where we explored these little bottles of wonderfulness.....Dylusions ink sprays.

We learnt various techniques and then did our first art journalling page in a lovely new journal.  I love a new book, don't you, lots of pages to fill.  Well yesterday I decided to go solo and start my own art journal journey!

I also tried out zentangle for the first time on this page.  The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous set 'Good Thoughts' which I stamped onto cream card then cut into single words and edged with a black pro marker.  Not the most detailed page in the world but for a first solo attempt I'm quite happy.


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

CC3C - Challenge 6

Hi all,

This challenge was to use the burlap panels, see page 37.  This was a little difficult as I only had the pack of four small ones and wanted to use a larger panel (I'm a woman and its my duty to be difficult!).  Well I ordered some of the 4x6inch panels and I'm still waiting for the delivery, any hoo!

I used one of the small rectangle panels and some rather nice roses that I found in my stash:

I covered the front and part of the sides with  Melange tissue wrap from Idea-ology, then covered one corner with gesso and left this to almost dry.  When there were just a few damp patches I wiped the gesso with a baby wipe to give a little more texture.  I stamped the image from the Tim Holtz stampers anonymous set classics 14 onto tissue with archival ink.  I then used distress pens to scribble some ink on to my craft sheet, I used spun sugar, shaded lilac and scattered straw.  I spritzed with water as I just wanted a hint of colour and smooshed the tissue into the ink puddle then dried with a heat gun.

I then glued it to the panel using IndigoBlu Slap It On matte and also put a layer over the tissue to seal it.  A light dusting of walnut stain distress ink round the outside aged it a little.  The roses were also dusted with walnut stain distress ink and glued to the panel.  I cut some leaves from dark green card and inked them using versa mark champagne sparkle ink and covered them in clear embossing powder, and stuck them between the roses.  The stems of the roses that I had cut off were twisted round a wooden skewer to make spirals and glued under the roses.

Thanks to Linda for hosting this challenging event and to Funkie Junkie Boutique for sponsoring this particular challenge.

Hope you like it.


Friday, 11 July 2014

12 tags of 2014 - July

Hi all,

This month's tag has a seaside theme, (where did I leave my bucket and spade, oh well). I tried Tim's method for making sand and it was really easy, although I didn't have the same colours of embossing powder so I improvised!

I had some glossy card stock so I used this for the background. I used spun sugar, tumbled glass and faded jeans distress ink and brayered them onto the card.  I took a piece of cling film and spritzed it with water then draped it, wet side down, on to the inky surface making sure there were lots of creases in the cling film.  When this was dry, I peeled off the cling film and had a lovely watery background.

I cut some acetate and embossed it using the Sheena Douglas embossing folder Tigerprint, I don't have a watery embossing folder but this looked like the ripples you get in the sun on water, tres cool!

The boat and shells were from the Sheena Douglas stamp sets Sea scapes and Sea shells and stamped on to card and coloured with distress markers then I painted the shells with Pebeo Ice acrylic glaze to give them a subtle shine.

I layered the 'sand' with the shells and the boat and made a sign post with some scrap card, the little bird is a stamp that was on my desk but I cannot remember where I got it.  I finished off with some jute ribbon and a little bit of black twine.

Hope you like it.


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

CC3C challenge 5

Hi all,

Curiouser and curiouser, the technique for this challenge is distress watercolouring, page 39 in the compendium of curiosities.  While looking for the stamps I wanted to use I came across this pocket watch from Wendy Vecchi and I went all Alice in Wonderland.  I had bought these stamps from IndigoBlu at the Alexandra Palace Big Stamp Show and was inspired to use them.  They are the Alice I and Alice II sets.

After coating the pocket watch with gesso I embossed some white card using Tim Holtz a texture fade, collage, and cut it into small pieces and glued to the front of the frame.  When dry I used a combination of golden acrylic paints in paynes grey and quinacridone nickel azo gold and some IndigoBlu english cottage acrylic paint in a metallic copper called Miss Moneypenny.  A light application of Pebeo gilding wax, silver, and the frame was complete.  To build up the loop at the top of the frame I used some moulding paste and painted and gilded as before.

After stamping the Alice characters on watercolour paper I used the method on page 39 to colour them then cut them out.  The back of the frame is a combination of mustard seed, vintage photo and walnut stain coloured using the distress watercolour method, I will admit it took a long time to colour this large area but I was quite pleased with the result.  I then stamped with walnut stain distress ink and a crackle stamp from the Sheena Douglass set Ageing Beautifully.

The banner at the bottom was inked with walnut stain, vintage photo and scattered straw and stamped with the crackle stamp in walnut stain.  The sentiment is from the same IndigoBlu stamp sets as before.  This was then mounted across the bottom of the piece.

Many thanks to Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring this challenge, and to the Curiosity Crew for your continued inspiration.  Hope you like it.